Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 04 September 2020

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Under Construction” – from Buildings to Human Relations

Israel’s Trade Union Provides Safety Training During COVID Crisis for Palestinian Construction Workers

By David E. Kaplan

“Stayin’ Alive”. At a building site site in Jerusalem, a Histadrut organized safety training workshop for Palestinian construction workers.

Something “constructive” has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic in Israel – an innovative programme  to save the lives of Palestinians not from disease but from preventable accidents in Israel’s bustling construction industry. The message from the “Histadrut” – Israel’s national trade union – “Unionised Labour Recognizes No Borders”.

Under Construction” – from Buildings to Human Relations

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Remembering Munich

Survivors recall the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics

By Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

Murdered at Munich. The 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Summer Munich by Palestinian terrorist group ‘Black September’.  

Who would have thought that in the very country that we believed “Never Again” Jews would be targeted yet again for murder. Following joint Israeli Airforce – German Luftwaffe memorial flyovers over Germany on August 18 paying tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and the 1972 Olympiad, the writers revisit the saga and the scars by interviewing survivors of the Munich massacre.

Remembering Munich

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Back to School in Tel Aviv – of Sorts!

By David E. Kaplan

Floating an Idea. Israel’s ‘beach city’ has come up with some exciting ideas to get kids safely back to school during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Israel’s “City of Big Ideas”, Tel Aviv-Yafo, has come up with some innovative ideas on meeting the COVID-19 challenge of students returning to school. “We have prepared for every scenario that we are expected to confront,” assures Mayor Ron Huldai. What does this mean?

Back to School in Tel Aviv – of Sorts!

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